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Just a simple growing update from the farm. Lot’s of gratuitous glamor shots all from the farm, except the last 2 I took at a local winery…. A special thanks to Brother Dave for helping out so much this season….. How’s your season growing so far?
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Want to start your growing season early? Maybe extend in into the winter months? Then build a cold frame or sometimes called a mini greenhouse. A cold frame is 4 walls that secure heat and protect plants from the elements and a top that allows light through.
Step 1) Find a good location that gets lots of sunlight and faces south.
Step 2) Build the walls. I used straw bales. They’re great at holding in heat and no tools are needed.
Step 3) Use some old windows to put on top. I used some storm windows I found in the trash at a local church.
Step 4) Fill with plant trays full of seeds.
Step 5) Keep an eye on temperature, moisture and airflow. Open up the lid a few inches to circulate fresh air in.
Step 6) Acclimate your seedlings by taking the lid off when they get bigger.
Next Post: Starting your seeds in the cold frame.
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I was hoping to trap a raccoon that’s been trying to get into the chicken coop but instead, I caught this little guy. I also made a 34 second video of his catch and release below the facts part.
I didn’t know much about these marsupial creatures so I looked up some facts about them:
- The word opossum refers to the North American species (those found in other areas are called possums)
- The Virginia opossum is only found in the United States
- Opossums are related to Kangaroos, Koalas, Tasmanian Devils, and Brazilian Short-hair Pigmy Possums
- Opossums help gardens by eating snails, slugs, insects, snakes, rats and overripe fruit.
- Opossums are highly resistant to diseases such as rabies because of its efficient immune system and lower body temperature.
- Opossums are not a public health threat.
- There is far less of a risk of infection from opossums than from house pets.
- The opossum’s greatest enemies are cars and domestic pets.
- Another predator of opossums is people, who hunt them for food, sport, and pelts.
- Other enemies include owls, foxes, and larger wildlife.
- Opossums compete with sheep and rabbits for food.
- Opossums have more teeth than any other North American land mammal (50).
- Opossums are not territorial and move to wherever food is available.
- Opossums cannot hang upside down by their tail, but use their tail to climb.
- Marsupial refers to the reproductive system, which entails the very young embryos being born and attaching to the mothers nipples
- Opossums do not have good eyesight or hearing — they rely mainly on their sense of smell.
- Opossums are very clean animals and groom themselves much like a cat does.
- Opossums are also found in Australia and South America
These facts were found at: http://biology.clc.uc.edu/students/114-sum98-opossums/misc.htm
My favorite part of this video is at the end when I pan over to the chickens… They’re all like “What the heck was that?”
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The population of Monarch butterflies has dropped 59% this year. This is the lowest population ever recorded. Scientists attribute the drop to the destruction of breeding habitat in the U.S., due to commercial farming practices involving herbicides and genetically engineered crops.
What does this mean to you? Everything! If these native pollinators are dropping in record numbers, so are other pollinators. But there is something you can do about it. Make a small rest stop (or waystation) for the butterflies to help increase their numbers. This is a quite simple thing to do.
To create a habitat for monarchs, you need to provide milkweeds for the larvae, nectar plants for the adults, and sufficient vegetation to provide shelter for the larvae, pupae and adults. This all comes in a small kit for $16 here at Monarch Watch Stop.
How to Build a Monarch Waystation and lot’s of other useful links:
You can also purchase Milkweed seeds here for $3 a pack at Butterfly Encounters
Milkweed Growing Instructions: Live Monarch
From Here and Now on NPR a great radio piece with audio – Majestic Monarch Butterflies Under Threat
IMAX 3D Movie: Flight of the Butterflies
Teachers: Monarchs in the Classroom
I’ll be building a Monarch Garden this spring and I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going.
Let’s help our little orange and black friends….before it’s too late. If you’ve created a garden already, please pot in comments and offer some advice to others. Spring’s almost here and I can’t wait! Happy planting!
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